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Weekend Round-Up: Winter Survival

Peanut Butter Chocolate and Banana Baked Oatmeal
Enjoy homey dishes and a drink to help stave off winter’s deepest chill. MORE+ LESS-
By Kate Rogers

The holidays are over. The cheer is gone. Now the name of the game is surviving the Deep Freeze and staving off inevitable mid-winter blues. It takes some fortitude. 

I find this time of year to be far less grim if I’m eating well. Just like everyone else battling a holiday hangover, I’m ready to clean it up, dial it back and start the new year on solid footing. But that doesn’t mean I sacrifice good taste or good flavor. Never. In my book, those are non-negotiable. With temperatures this cold, food should nurture as well as nourish. Here’s how I’m keeping things warm and tasty this wintry weekend: 


Peanut Butter Chocolate and Banana Baked Oatmeal

I don’t even like bananas, and I’m powerless against this stuff. Yes, the recipe calls for cookie dough, but I consider oats to be a trump card. If there are oats, you’re good. And bonus: Your kids will go bonkers for this.

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Slow Cooker Southwestern Pot Roast

There’s nothing better than a hearty, warming pot roast. Salsa adds a nice kick to this one, and it’s easy to serve with avocados or a bright green salad to keep things feeling fresh.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

I’ll admit I’m not ready to let pumpkin go. When I’m curled up with a steaming latte and Sunday newspapers, I’m blissfully oblivious to the shoveling I should be doing, the threat of ice damming or anything else winter tries to throw at me. Take that, Old Man!

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Tell me, how do you stay warm and keep spirits high during this time of year?